Daimler truck reaches its next milestone on the road to sustainable transportation also with hydrogen-based drives. A Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck fuel-cell prototype has been undergoing intensive testing – both on the in-house test track and on public roads. Daimler Truck is now putting another prototype into operation to test the use of liquid hydrogen. Political support for the development program comes from Daniela Schmitt, Minister of Economic Affairs of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Cryogenic liquid hydrogen at minus 253 degrees Celsius is filled into two 40 kg tanks mounted on either side of the chassis. Hydrogen has a significantly higher energy density in relation to volume compared to gaseous hydrogen.
Daimler Truck and its partners are planning for a high level of transparency and openness around the relevant interfaces of the jointly developed sLH2 technology. The goal is to collaborate with other companies and associations as possible to develop their own refuelling and vehicle technologies that apply the new liquid-hydrogen standard.
Daimler Truck’s ambition is to offer only new vehicles that are carbon-neutral in driving operation in its global core markets by 2039. The company is pursuing a dual-track strategy in the electrification of its portfolio with both battery-electric and hydrogen-based drives.